Fun facts about gestures, doodles, self-suggestion, and more.

Astounding Facts About Mental Behavior

Mass Self-Delusion

80 - 90 % of people believe they're above-average drivers. Mathematically, this is impossible. A huge segment of humanity is locked into self-deceit. In many situations like this, rational objectivity is subverted by irrational bias.



Handling money makes you stronger. Not just feel stronger -- but stronger. Recent studies support this fact. Dollars were the instigators. Do higher-denominations boost this effect? Next time you challenge an opponent to arm-wrestling, stuff a secret wad of cash in your other fist.



Red-pen users make more corrections than blue-pen users. Teachers, take note. If you're prone to be critical, use a blue pen to correct papers in order to balance your judgement. If you're an easy-going sort, wield a red pen instead.

Shaking your head up and down (for example, while watching a bouncing ball) will make you more agreeable. Your unconscious "nodding" motion triggers a "yes" response in your conscious brain. Motor cortex, meet frontal cortex. United Nations, take heed: during your next session, display a large screen with a giant bouncing ball on it to all the assembled, in uniform repetition, to help foster World Peace.


Gesturing and doodling help thinking. Gestures in particular help others to better understand us. During problem-solving and specific communication, gestures often conflict with, and trump, our rational conscious thought, pointing us to the correct (intuitive) solution.

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